Adipurush is capturing the attention of film lovers today. From the story of Ramayana to its star-studded cast, Adipurush is highly anticipated by many.
Directed by Om Raut, this film features Prabhas as Raghav (another name for Lord Ram), Kriti Sanon as Janaki (Sita), and Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh, the ruler of Lanka, Ravana.
Without further ado, here is the review of Adipurush as reported by Times of India on Friday, June 16, 2023.
Saif Ali Khan’s unbeatable portrayal of Ravana radiates the energy of the main character in this ambitious epic by Om Raut.
Telling the story of the revered battle between good and evil in India to contemporary audiences without sounding outdated is not an easy task. Raut uses Marvel-like techniques to engage younger viewers, focusing on action and adventure over traditional ethos.
The narrative wastes no time in building characters or the aura of Ram (Prabhas as Raghav).
Adipurush focuses on the perilous abduction of Sita (Kriti Sanon as Janaki) by Ravana (Saif Ali Khan) and the epic battle of Ram vs. Ravana as they strive to rescue her.
Adipurush pits Ram’s army, consisting of Hanuman, Lakshman, and the Vanara Sena, against the stronger, more threatening, towering, and immortal Ravana.
The battle scenes recreate iconic moments reminiscent of the Avengers assembling to combat the larger-than-life CGI army of Ravana. The war is ongoing and redeems the somewhat stagnant first act, lacking in thrills or urgency.
Nevertheless, the director struggles to find a balance and consistency between the epic narrative and the execution of his superheroic verses.
The storytelling feels stagnant and lacks compelling emotional arcs that would draw the audience into the characters.
While Prabhas plays the central character and maintains a heroic presence, Saif Ali Khan’s towering performance steals the show.
His previous film, Tanhaji, is proof of Saif’s mastery in portraying antagonistic characters, and he raises the bar for himself here.
The music and background score composed by Sanchit and Ankit Balhara, along with songs by Ajay-Atul, provide a tremendous boost to the portrayal of Saif’s terrifying Ravana.
Saif Ali Khan’s phenomenal performance as Ravana makes Adipurush a film of its own. The director succeeds in building this character on a grand scale.
On the other hand, the VFX and visual appeal are decent but not overly impressive.
With a runtime of 3 hours, one might expect the story to rely less on special effects, as the film should focus on the distinct nature of its iconic characters and what sets them apart.
In conclusion, Adipurush is a sincere and hardworking endeavor, slightly hindered by its ambition and desire to entertain.